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Old 09-01-2009, 04:03 PM   #51 (permalink)
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Made the frame horn brackets today, and welded the tube to them, the bumper is bolted to the truck, I an going to box the mounts, or encorporate them into the skid plate mount, and add side bars from the bumper ends down to the frame behind the Core support mounts. I may forget about the grill bar, I kinda like the "Noaked" look:







The pics are at a funny angle, the bumper is square to the truck
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:29 PM   #52 (permalink)
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:11 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Decided I am going to run a grill bar on my bumper, and boxed in the lower portion of my frame mount. The BendTech software is better everytime I use it. The fishmouth templates are awesome, my grill bar is angled forward, as well as in, and intersects the bumper in the middle of the offset I added under the grill. Drew up the templates, and cut the tube ends with my plasma. The only imperfections in the fishmouths were my crappy cutting with the plasma. Pics:



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Old 09-05-2009, 04:20 PM   #54 (permalink)
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The skid plate is going to be fun, as I want to make it one piece from 1/8" Aluminum, and bend it down the center to follow the peak of the bumper.
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Old 09-05-2009, 04:22 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Funny, after looking at the pics, my wife says the grill gaurd/bumper look like the 2009 Ram / 2010 HD grill. I wasn't planning it that way, but it does.
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:01 PM   #56 (permalink)
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She's got a good point, looks good man.
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Old 09-23-2009, 04:29 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Well, I finally got back at the bumper tonight, then I ran our of mig wire, and all I had extra was .023, so I'll get after it tomorrow. Anyways, I did get the light tabs welded on, and my outer support braces tacked on. I also finally cut off the excess tube on the ends of the bumper.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:12 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Looking good man. What are u gonna do for the lower center? Maybe some sheetmetal and dimple dies?
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:18 AM   #59 (permalink)
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Looking good man. What are u gonna do for the lower center? Maybe some sheetmetal and dimple dies?
Not exactly sure yet, I have some 1/8" Stainless plate in the shop, but I have to see if my homemade dimple dies will be able to dimple it. If not I will order up a sheet of Aluminum. I have to admit, after thinking about it, Id rather the stainless. Its a PITA to work with, and heavier, but if I give it a brushed finish it will last forever, and at 1/8" thick it will be tough as hell.

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Old 10-05-2009, 02:51 PM   #60 (permalink)
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My lucky day!! Got my bumper back from the powder coater today, when I dropped off the bumper I specified black wrinke finish, and the shop called me this morning, and said it was done BUT they screwed up and did it in gloss black, so I went to see it. Admittedly I decided on the wrinkle to hide my welds, but the bumper came out looking killer in the gloss black, so I decided to go with that. Best part is since they screwed up, he only charged me 35.00 to cover material!! This is with an epoxy primer coat as well. Needless to say I am a happy camper. Enough of that, here are the pics:



I am waiting on the 10 Ga stainless for the skidplate, it should be here Wed or Thur. I also made my Dimpe die for the skid plate holes:


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I based the hole size off a Greenlee 2"Conduit slug buster, it is 2.416" diameter. The slug buster is rated for up to 10 Ga stainless, and makes nice clean round holes with only a 3/8" pilot hole.

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Old 10-05-2009, 05:30 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:36 PM   #62 (permalink)
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They work for me... Looks good Murf... I can use a few ideas from it
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:23 PM   #63 (permalink)
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I think I would keep taking parts to the powdercoater, and ask them to keep making screwups.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:27 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:31 PM   #65 (permalink)
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I had a few people asking me who did the Powder Coating, so here goes.

http://www.lo-ko.com/

I can say nothing but good about these guys, They did my tube fenders and crusher corners on my TJ 6 years ago, and a garbage can cart I built 7 years ago, and all of their work has held up excellently, their prices are good, and there is usually a 1 week or less turnaround
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:24 PM   #66 (permalink)
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Have u thought about sending those H2's to them for a shot of powdercoating? That would be sweet witha shot of that black on them!
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:19 AM   #67 (permalink)
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Have u thought about sending those H2's to them for a shot of powdercoating? That would be sweet witha shot of that black on them!
As a matter of fact, I have been thinking about that. I was thinking about getting them done, and leaving the lips and D shaped rings un coated, as they are the chrome H2s. Essentially just getting the textured areas coated. Maybe in Pac black which s a semi gloss black. I am still up in the air about the paint scheme on the truck, so I am holding off on the wheels for now.
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:39 AM   #68 (permalink)
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When I started this project, I was thinking about painting the truck black, and murdering it out, but I saw this rendering of a 3rd gen truck, and I like it. I was thinking a sublime green/satin black with the yellow Power Wagon lettering and stripes.


Then I was thinking about how I always liked the Walker Evans trucks in the early 80's


I'm pretty much up in the air about all 3 choices as of right now, the reason the black calls to me is these are 3 of my other rides, not that that means anything as the 54 Plymouth Wagon I'm building is going to be Panther pink, My Willys is Teal, and the Beelte is going to be Plum Crazy:
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:11 PM   #70 (permalink)
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sweet build. love the bumper.
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Old 10-07-2009, 05:20 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Got my stainless in today, 10 Ga 304, cut out the skidplate, bent it on my booty fab press brake (Clamed it to the fork on my forklift with a piece of 2 x 4 Aluminum billet, and jumped on it:O ) knocked out the holes with my Greenlee die and my press (Sounds like a 12 Ga going off when it finally punched through!) And Dimpled it with my Dimple Die, had at it with my 4" Flap disc.






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Old 10-07-2009, 05:31 PM   #72 (permalink)
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The funny part is I bought the SRT-4 ACR new in 05, and paid 21,000 for it, added the Mopar Stage 3 kit, BFMIC, exhaust etc.. I have ~ 30 grand invested in it total.I bought the 06 SRT-8 last December for 23,900 and it already had Headers/exhaust/Heads/Cam and ony 32K miles. It was at a dealer that specialized in Ferraris Mercs etc.. and I was able to find the original owner and talk to him before I bought it. He boought it new for 40K+ and added about 10K and traded it in to a Carmax! It was modded so Carmax auctioned it off to the dealer I got it from. It will pass everything BUT a gas station he he he
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:01 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Does that SRT 8 jeep have full time 4X4???
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:45 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Does that SRT 8 jeep have full time 4X4???
Its more of a full time AWD actually, it rocks in the rain, on the pavement, but off road is a real no no. Does pretty damn well in the snow considering 315 35 20 tires and 500 HP. It is by no means as good as my old Grand Cherokee in the snow, but its hella better than any RWD "performance" vehicle.
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:19 AM   #75 (permalink)
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cant wait to see that skid on the truck
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